It’s day fifteen of my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
Anthology horror movies are almost a sub-genre, and my challenge would not be complete without one of those. The plot of PATIENT SEVEN revolves around a renowned psychiatrist Dr Markus who visits an asylum for the criminally insane, in order to interview six of the patients for his new book. But it's patient Seven who is hiding a dangerous secret.
This overarching storyline is designed to connect seven short independent horror movies from around the world. Michael Ironside as Dr Markus does a good job, but the problem is that his character is irrelevant, just like the rest of the mental asylum set up. As a connection between seven short stories it definitely doesn't work.
The good news?
The seven short horror films of PATIENT SEVEN are pretty good. They are bloody, suspenseful and inventive. My favourite being THE BODY where a contract killer drags the dead body through the Halloween crowds, never suspected, because he is one of many in weird costumes. There is also a child killer story, a vampire story, a monster story, a ghost story and two zombie stories.
And in spite of overall movie's lengthy time of 120 minutes I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
PATIENT SEVEN would be a much better, compact film if it had abandoned the mental asylum storyline as it is completely redundant. If you like short and effective scares PATIENT SEVEN is definitely worth a look.
SCORE OUT OF 5:
SCARY SCORE: 👻👻👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡🗡🗡🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃